Monday, August 12, 2013

Book Review Monday: The Winnowing Season

Hello, guys!

Time for a book review.

Okay, just so you guys know, I never read Amish fiction. I just don't. But I got this book to review, so I read it and will review it today.

Here's a little about The Winnowing Season by Cindy Woodsmall.

From Amazon:
"The tornado that devastated Kings’ Orchard pushed Rhoda, Samuel, and Jacob to make a new start in Maine. Are they strong enough to withstand the challenges of establishing an Amish community—and brave enough to face the secrets that move with them?
On the eve of their departure to begin a new Old Order Amish community outside of Unity, Maine, Rhoda Byler is shocked to discover that choices made by her business partner and friend, Samuel King, have placed her and her unusual gifts directly into the path of her district’s bishop and preachers. She is furious with Samuel and is fearful that the Kings will be influenced by the way her leaders see her, and not what they know to be true—that Rhoda’s intuition is a gift from God.
Jacob King won’t be swayed by community speculation. He loves Rhoda, believes in her, and wants to build a future with her in Maine. But when the ghosts of his past come calling and require him to fulfill a great debt, can he shake their hold before it destroys what he has with Rhoda? Samuel has a secret of his own—one he’ll go to great lengths to keep hidden, even if it means alienating those closest to him. Throwing himself into rehabilitating the once-abandoned orchard, Samuel turns to a surprising new ally.
Book 2 of the Amish Vines and Orchards series asks: can the three faithfully follow God’s leading and build a new home and orchard in Maine? Or will this new beginning lead to more ruin and heartbreak?"

Here's what I thought:

This book was okay. I don't like to bash books, but this book just wasn't quite my thing. Really, though, if you like Amish books, you may like it. (I have nothing against Amish books, I just don't typically read them myself.)

It had an interesting premise and a kind of love triangle between Rhoda and the King brothers. It was about two Amish families starting a new home in Maine, where no other Amish are, and dealing with their pasts even though they arrived somewhere new.

The characters were interesting as well as the plot. I think if you enjoy this type of book, it will be a good choice for you.
I understand that it's just a matter of tastes, and I decided Amish fiction probably isn't my favorite genre after reading my first Amish book. No offense to the author (who did a wonderful job) or readers who enjoy Amish fiction.

So, what do you think? Have you read any Amish fiction before?


  1. I have never read an entire Amish book, and I don't think I will. Just like you said, it's just not a genre that I like to read.

    1. Yeah, I can understand that. It wasn't a bad book though!

  2. I didn't even know such a thing existed! :D

    Guess it would be a different sort of read than I'm used to.

    1. They used to be everywhere, Nathan. I like to call them the "vampire books of Christian fiction". ;)
      It was interesting.


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